RALEIGH, N.C. -- Zeus, a Siberian husky, had to rest through most of his news conference. With only three working legs, he had to limp to prevent his fourth -- a left-front stump -- from hitting the ground.
Hobbling wore him out.
His owner and veterinarians at the North Carolina State School of Veterinary Medicine hope a state-of-the-art procedure, through which a titanium prosthetic front paw is infused into his leg bone, will let him act more like his 5-year-old self.
The procedure has been performed on six other animals' hind legs since 2005, but never on a front paw. Which is why North Carolina State put Zeus in the spotlight before the surgery.